Year I Joined SSO: 2000
Why I Joined SSO: My last child left for college and I wasn’t going to sit home with “empty nest syndrome”. I had played string bass through high school, but always wanted to play the cello. I took up cello at age 42 and was ready to spread my wings in a new adventure and so I joined the SSO.
Occupation: Nurse educator after completing 35 year of clinical practice as an RN.
Notable Achievements: Remembering patients at the local hospital saying to me (their nurse for the day), “I just saw you playing in the Susquehanna Symphony orchestra on the TV”.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you in the SSO? One of the funniest things that happened as a member of the SSO was when I was responsible for the “on stage” music folder. I left one piece (4 pages of music) at home. I forgot to load it in my folder after I practiced it prior to the concert. I dashed off stage during the concert to find a copy just prior to playing the piece. I accidentally grabbed a viola part which is like Greek to a cellist. My stand partner and I faked the entire piece. Oh my, that never happened again.
What was your first experience with the orchestra? The first concert I played with the SSO was “The Messiah” at the Amos center. I was so moved that tears of joy rolled from my eyes during the last page of music and I could hardly see the music to play. It is great to experience music and get to know great masterpieces from the inside out. In other words, it is a whole new level of experience to play the music versus listen to it.
What has the orchestra experience meant to you? I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this orchestra and to think I once played at Carnegie Hall with them. None of us are the same after we experience the great opportunities we have with the SSO to grow and change.